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What Happened to FTX? Part 2
SBF filed for bankruptcy as he resigned in a stunning downfall
- FTX Exchange stated on Friday that it had filed for bankruptcy in the United States.
- Its CEO, Sam Bankman-Fried (SBF), resigned, marking a stunning downfall for one of the biggest and most powerful players in the crypto industry.
- FTX said Sam Bankman-Fried, the 30-year-old founder of the exchange, will remain to assist in an orderly transition.
- Taking the helm in his place is John J. Ray III, the lawyer who oversaw the liquidation of Enron.
Trading Volume on Coinbase Plunges Roughly 75% in the Hours Following FTX’s Bankruptcy Announcement
- Trading volume on Coinbase plunged roughly 75% in the hours following FTX’s bankruptcy announcement early Friday (Nomics).
- This is a sign that the company is beginning to feel the pain of a shrinking user base due to the increasingly volatile cryptocurrency market.
Russia and Turkey to Collaborate on Combating Crime-Related Crypto Transactions
- The Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation Igor Krasnov and the Turkish Minister of Justice Bekir Bozdag have signed a new, two-year program for cooperation between their departments.
Senators Moving Forward with SBF-Backed Bill After FTX Collapse
- Authors of legislation to increase federal oversight of crypto exchanges and underlying spot markets pledged to move forward on legislation in the wake of FTX’s shocking collapse.
EU Lawmakers Vote for Stronger Cyber Protection for Crypto and Digital Finance
- European Union lawmakers showed support for strict cybersecurity rules on crypto providers and other financial firms in a 556–18 vote.
- The Digital Operational Resilience Act (DORA) is
“a cornerstone of our work on digital finance in the European Union, making sure that we support innovation and do it in a safe way,”
- European Commissioner Mairead McGuinness said in a Wednesday night debate on the law.
“Protecting the financial system from cyber attacks and cyber fraud is vital.”
Sam Bankman-Fried’s Fall Cuts Off Big Source of Funds for US Democrats
- Due to the bankruptcy of FTX, a large number of sources of funds for the US Democratic Party were cut off.
- SBF is the second largest donor after George Soros.
- It is reported that SBF has supported a total of 25 American Democrats, and 18 of them have won so far.
Russia’s Digital Ruble Integrated Into Banking App
- VTB has become the first Russian bank to add the digital ruble to its mobile application.
- The integration is currently being tested with accounts set up for legal entities. Select customers will be granted access in the coming months and will be able to join the trials.
California Finance Regulator Revokes BlockFi’s Lending License
- California’s Department of Financial Protection and Innovation said Friday it was moving to suspend BlockFi’s lending license as the regulator investigates the crypto lender.
- According to a DFPI press release, the move comes in response to BlockFi halting withdrawals.
- The suspension will last for at least 30 days, DFPI said.
Middle East, Asia and Africa Blockchain Association Launches in Abu Dhabi
- The Middle East, Africa & Asia Crypto & Blockchain Association (MEAACBA) was officially launched on Nov 8 in the Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM), a free economic zone based in the center of the city subject to its own set of civil and commercial laws.
- The zone was designed to further the growth of fintech companies in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Solana Liquidity Hub Serum to be Forked After Possible Compromise in FTX Hack
- Serum, the widely used liquidity hub on Solana, may have been compromised.
- Solana developers are forking its code to create a new Serum for ecosystem apps.
Wrapped Tokens Issued by FTX or Alameda Collapsing, No Longer Redeemable
- Wrapped tokens on Solana are no longer redeemable after issuers FTX and Alameda Research filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
- Sollet-wrapped bitcoins are trading at a 77% discount.
Shell Protocol to Airdrop Governance Tokens to Protocol Users
- DeFi app Shell Protocol announced a future airdrop of $SHELL governance tokens to protocol users.
- The community will decide the nature of this airdrop through a series of governance votes.
- FIFA Unveils Range of Web 3.0 Games Ahead of FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 ™
- Cool Cats, Animoca Brands, and OneFootball Labs Collaborate on Football-Themed Spin-Off Series Cool Cats FC
- Lionel Messi Takes Stake in NFT Fantasy Soccer Game Sorare
- International Food Giant Launches New Boba Man NFT
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Crypto Faces a Serious Risk of Broader Contagion as FTX Collapses — Citi Analyst
- The overall cryptocurrency market faces risks of contagion as Sam Bankman-Fried’s FTX files for bankruptcy, according to Citi analyst Joseph Ayoub:
“I think there’s a serious risk of broader contagion to the ecosystem itself,”
“I think it’s unlikely that contagion spreads toward broader financial markets, and that’s mainly because the size of the crypto space, which is only around $830 billion in comparison to the $43 trillion US equity market.”
FTX Collapse Like Enron Fraud — Former US Treasury Secretary Larry Summers
- Former US Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers has compared crypto exchange FTX to Enron, noting that the case is a classic fraud rather than the complexities of cryptocurrency regulation.
- He said the regulatory community ought to draw two lessons from the collapse of FTX.
In the Future, We Will Comment More on Competitors to Reduce Industry Risks — Binance CEO CZ
- CZ tweeted that Binance’s policy is not to publicly comment on competitors, and he has only broken this rule a few times in the past.
- He also said that going forward, he will break this policy and express his views on industry issues more. According to his Twitter thread, this may cause more controversy, but is necessary to reduce the risks for market participants.
FTX’s Collapse Could Finally Be the ‘Catalyst’ for Regulation — SEC Commissioner Hester Peirce
- The crumbling of crypto exchange FTX and its subsequent bankruptcy filing has brought a great deal of negative attention to the crypto industry.
- However, that may be just the wake-up call U.S. lawmakers need, said Hester Peirce, a commissioner at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
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- ETH: $1,605
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- ETH: $1,095
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